BASL calls on President to revoke State of Emergency

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to revoke the proclamation declaring a state of emergency.

Issuing a statement shortly after the decision was announced, the BASL raised grave concerns, questioning the grounds on which the state of emergency was declared. They further called on him to “ensure that the fundamental rights of the people such as the freedom of expression including the freedom of speech and publication and the freedom of peaceful assembly which are aspects of the soverignty of the people are respected and protected and not violated by the State ot its agents”.

In this statement, however, the people of the country too, were urged to remain calm and act in a peaceful manner, so that their fundamental rights remain protected.